Note: .smiteworks is a hidden directory denoted by the . at the beginning of the folder name.
If you choose to change your Data directory after Fantasy Grounds is installed, we recommend backing up campaigns and extensions from the data directory, uninstalling Fantasy Grounds, then reinstalling with the new Data directory location you prefer and copying your campaigns and extensions into the new location. Backing up campaign data is covered below.
If I Delete Campaigns, Will “Check For Updates” Download And Restore Them?
No. Campaigns ONLY reside on your local hard drive and are not stored on SmiteWorks servers or in the Cloud. They will not be downloaded or restored by clicking Check For Updates from the main Fantasy Grounds window or by clicking Update from Settings / Updater.
We recommend periodically making backups of your campaign folder(s) from time to time to ensure you have a reliable backup should something happen (such as file corruption, a power loss while files are open, virus activity, etc.)
How Do I Make A Backup Of My Campaign?
The fastest and easiest way to make a backup of the campaigns folder is to simply copy the folder and paste it elsewhere. This will make an exact copy of the folder and all subfolders and files inside it. We recommend not creating the backup in the same Data folder as the original campaign folder in case something happens to the entire Data folder path.
Copied and Pasted to a Backups folder via right-click in Windows 11
We’ve also created a help article to assist in creating a ZIP file of your campaign(s) should you need to send them to the SmiteWorks Support Team. You can also use this guide to create ZIP files to be stored elsewhere outside of the Fantasy Grounds chosen Data directory.
You’ll want to have the same modules, art packs, etc. loaded and open on each FGU installation and all updates competed. This way, each machine is a close to the other as possible, which should reduce issues you may experience when loading the campaign data.
Can I Copy Campaign Data From a Computer Running Windows to One Running macOS or Linux, and Vice-Versa?
Yes. Campaign files are generally XML and LUA files, and perhaps images if they were used in the campaign. These are universally loaded and interpreted in Fantasy Grounds Unity across all platforms.
Can I Set My Data Directory in Dropbox / Box / iCloud / Google Cloud / SkyDrive / NAS?
In short, no. We highly recommend not using remote file syncing and storing solutions as the default Data directory for your campaigns or any other Fantasy Grounds data. We have found that even the slightest internet hiccups, stalls, or disconnections can cause catastrophic and often unrecoverable file corruption in campaign files.
We recommend creating a backup of your campaigns (either manually or automated) to a second location, then syncing or moving the backup to the Cloud or NAS for offsite backup storage.
Can I Migrate A Campaign from Fantasy Grounds Classic to Fantasy Grounds Unity?